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November 2014

CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly:  Three things you should know about Big Data and Analytics

CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly: Three things you should know about Big Data and Analytics

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
We’ve recently published an article in CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly on the three things that a supply chain manager should know about...
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5 Lessons from the Book “Scaling Up Excellence”

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
I’ve recently read the book Scaling Up Excellence by Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao. ( Click here is you want a 14-minute HBR podcast interview ...
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Three Ways the Supply Chain Wastes Big Data

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
One of the important lessons from the analytics movement is that you should take advantage of the data you are already collecting.   There could be...
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Modeling the Competition

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
When making strategic decisions, it is often important to understand what your competition is doing. I recently wrote a short article Supply Chain ...
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October 2014

Why Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) Are a Big Opportunity for Business Analytics

Diego Klabjan Partner
Fortune 500 companies are big enough, and have enough resources, to assemble and run their own internal analytics teams. In today’s environment, it...
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A Prerequisite for On-time Analytics Projects

Diego Klabjan Partner
Needless to say, there can be no analytics project without data. A project starts by identifying data, cleansing it, performing analytics, and then...
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Spark and in-memory databases: Tachyon leading the pack

Diego Klabjan Partner
The biggest grunts about Hadoop is its batch processing focus and the fact that iterative algorithms cannot be written efficiently. For this reason...
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Just-In-Time and Lean Concepts in New Areas

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
JIT (or “Just-in-time” and later morphed into being called Lean) started out as part of Toyota’s manufacturing strategy where parts were deli...
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Mixing real-time and batch data processing

Diego Klabjan Partner
Want to process real-time data? Web anyone? Or IoT or the industrial internet! You can fire spouts and bolts in Storm and get “whoops, one of our a...
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What Artificial Intelligence Research and Toyota’s JIT Revolution Can Teach Us About Analytics

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Last week, the Wall Street Journal’s Review section ran a long article from Walter Isaacson on artificial intelligence.   The overall article...
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September 2014

More Proof that You Should Pay Attention to Big Data: Case New Holland Ad for Farmers During a Big Ten Game is All About Big Data

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Today, I was watching the PSU-NU game on the Big Ten Network when an ad came on for Case New Holland’s AFS Connect system (a farm management ...
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August 2014

Big Data does not mean you have Clean Data

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
In all the hype around Big Data, it is often forgotten that you still need to spend time cleaning data so you can use it efficiently. We just publi...
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July 2014

Economist Article: Use Big Data to Drive Many Small Changes that Add Up

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
A recent Economist article (Little things that mean a lot) on Big Data discussed that the use of data can actually help find many small changes tha...
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June 2014

Another Benefit of Analytics: Recruiting Talent

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
One of the overlooked side benefits of building internal analytics capability is recruiting talent. Universities are rapidly creating new analytics...
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April 2014

Technical Note on Calculating Many Distances for Analytics Projects

Sam Hillis Data Scientist
Distance matrices of different varieties have applications throughout the field of analytics; though the computation varies depending on the applic...
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Big Data Applied to the Supply Chain

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
This week, Dan Gilmore of Supply Chain Digest wrote about Big Data in the Supply Chain.   It was a well-balanced article, covering both the hype an...
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Sample Custom Optimization Scheduling Problem

Prateek Rastogi Supply Chain Consultant
In manufacturing environment, companies use an automated setup of tanks and hoist for chemical cleaning and coating processes. In this setup, vario...
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WSJ Article on the Importance of Analytics to Your Career

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Yesterday’s WSJ ran an article on the importance of analytics (“Get Familiar With Big Data Now—or Face ‘Permanent Pink Slip’...
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Benefits of Map Portals for your Analytics Projects

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Earlier this week, I wrote an article for Supply Chain Digest about enhancing your network design capabilities with a map portal: Since the mapping...
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Our On-Going Analytics Project with the NFL– Winning More Games

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
The use of analytics in sports is quite well known.  The Oakland A’s popularized analytics by using it to build winning teams with a minimal ...
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March 2014

Top Five Skills Needed For Supply Chain Modeler

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
I recently wrote an article for Supply Chain Digest on the Top Five skills you need in a supply chain modeler.  They are: Ability to manipulate lar...
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Predictions that Save Big Money

Sara Lewis Solution Specialist
Why is it that your car always seems to breakdown during your busiest week at work? Farmers fear the inevitable failure of their combine equipment ...
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Spending your Analytics Time where it Counts

Sara Lewis Solution Specialist
Whether you are developing more complex optimization models or beginning to formulate solutions including technologies such as LogicNet Plus or R, ...
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Managers Need to Know Technical Details of Analytics

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal ran an article titled “Who Needs to Know How to Code” that suggested the many executives should l...
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February 2014

Lack of Analytics Skills May Be Holding Back Your Supply Chain

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Supply Chain Digest just released a very nice report on the current state of supply chain planning.  I wrote a follow-on article commenting on the ...
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January 2014

New White Paper on the Impact Inventory and the Number of Warehouses

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
We recently had the privilege  to work with two Georgia Tech students (Chandreshekar Sundaresan and Seth Webster) on a white paper that explored th...
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New Book to Help Managers Understand Analytics

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
We have recently published a new book to help managers understand the field of analytics.  This book will help you learn what the field of analytic...
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Heat Maps Track Customers in Store- A Chance to Apply Analytics To Make a Better Experience

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
The Wall Street Journal recently reported the continued rise of heat maps to track customers in stores (“Tracking Technology Sheds Light on S...
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Using Data Science to Better Predict Demand: Case from Twitter and the Flu Season

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
A recent Wall Street Journal article, “A Bonanza in Smarter Flu Tracking,” discusses tracking the outbreak of flu to better predict dem...
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